If you’re saying goodbye to someone you might not see for long time, say farewell, preferably while waving a hankie from the Queen Mary before it sails across the Atlantic. Farewell is a fancy way to say goodbye.

A farewell is also an expression of good wishes at a parting. If you’re leaving a job after being there a long time, your co-workers might throw you a farewell party. Farewell is an expression, like "goodbye," but also a noun — if you like to leave without a lot of fuss, you don’t like long farewells. Farewell is a combination of fare and well. Fare comes from the Old English word faran, which means "to journey."

Definitions of farewell

n an acknowledgment or expression of goodwill at parting

word of farewell
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adieu, adios, arrivederci, au revoir, auf wiedersehen, bye, bye-bye, cheerio, good day, good-by, good-bye, goodby, goodbye, sayonara, so long
a farewell remark
bon voyage, send-off
an organized expression of goodwill at the start of a trip or new venture
good morning, morning
a conventional expression of greeting or farewell
afternoon, good afternoon
a conventional expression of greeting or farewell
good night
a conventional expression of farewell
Type of:
acknowledgement, acknowledgment
a statement acknowledging something or someone

n the act of departing politely

“he disliked long farewells
leave, leave-taking, parting
the act of saying farewell
Type of:
departure, going, going away, leaving
the act of departing

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